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Sociology 151: Violence in the Family

Time: I am not teaching this course Spring 2014
Location: DMH 161


This course is designed as a sociological examination of violence in families.  Using sociological and feminist theories, we will examine the historical, social, and cultural processes whereby family violence has come to be defined as a social problem.  Beginning with Kempe’s “discovery” of the battered child syndrome in 1961, the problem of family violence now includes: child abuse, wife abuse, woman battering, dating violence, incest, ritual child abuse, elder abuse, gay and lesbian violence, and sibling abuse.  This course will focus on the causes and consequences of violence, and on the ways in which various social institutions (political, medical, religious, educational, cultural), and community agencies (shelters, police, social workers, emergency departments, clergy, etc.) respond to violence among intimates.